Independence Day Poem

I am 35 years old, born and raised in Tyler, Texas. My one dream of a lifetime would to be able to get published. So far I don't have anything, but a quitter never got anything either.

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Thank you for writing this noble poem about the honor and sacrifices of our U.S. military. Very moving poem.

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American Soldiers


Published: September 2008

Every day more soldiers have to leave
to fight this war so we can be free.
they pack light to set out on their way
praying the war will end someday.
We have lost young and lost old,
but all of those men were so strong and bold.
In reality, it doesn't seem too fair
but when at war, there is no time to care.
Once in a while they may get a letter
from loved ones at home feeling a little bit better.
They let them know they miss them so,
but no time to cry, the men must go.
They fold their letters up real tight,
putting them away for another lonely night.
Slowly they rise to take their stand
as each American soldier salutes with right hand.
They yell that they will be home soon,
but tonight they're going to sleep with the moon,
but not alone, they have one another.
To an American soldier, those men are his brothers.
Each and everything they do
is without a doubt for me and for you.
Honestly, how many sit and pray
for each and every soldier on the field that day?
They don't draw names to see who they protect,
so why need a face to match the respect?
They don't get hot home cooked meals,
and I bet they would love a steak from the grill.
They are American soldiers standing tall and proud.
They deserve our respect; don't be ashamed, scream it out loud.
But at times, a soldier has no choice but to sleep
with those words I will close for now.


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  • Regina M. Elliott by Regina M. Elliott
  • 6 years ago

Thank you for writing this noble poem about the honor and sacrifices of our U.S. military. Very moving poem.

  • Sherry Figert by Sherry Figert
  • 8 years ago

My daughter is using this in her senior term paper for English.

  • Destinee Angel by Destinee Angel, St.Paul Minnesota
  • 9 years ago

I really enjoyed your poem, I thought it was beautiful. I am currently 15 living in St. Paul, Minnesota and I am planning to go into the Army. Keep writing, I wish you the best of luck, and hope your beautiful poem gets published.

  • Elizabeth by Elizabeth, Florida
  • 9 years ago

Awesome way with words. My son has joined the Navy. Becoming a military Mom brings so many more fears. Mothers already have fears everyday but words can not express enough what it is like. You are talented and never give up. I hope it gets published!!

  • Tina by Tina, McChord Ft Lewis
  • 10 years ago

Thank you for the poem, it reinforces that we do NOT thank our surviving soldiers and their families enough. Put this on your to do list this 4th of July - Thank a soldier, past or present.

Prayers for Safety and Protection of all our soldiers.

God Bless & Thank you

  • Brandee Lyann Hilbert by Brandee Lyann Hilbert
  • 10 years ago

Really good poem that touches your heart and tears sting my eyes. Thank you

  • Bernice Charles by Bernice Charles, Connecticut
  • 10 years ago

My cousin is like a brother to me. He is in Afghanistan right now. This made me think of him. He's coming home in 2 weeks!

  • Caroleen Miles by Caroleen Miles, Tampa
  • 12 years ago

There are no words to truely express how grateful I am to our troops and the families, for all they have given, done and sacrificed for our country for me and you! and to the ones who are currently serving. Without you, I would not be able to call myself an American. Our country would not exist ! You have stopped me from... being a whiner !!! When I start to whine about how my day sucked, I think of you where you are what you have/had to deal with and I have nothing to whine about !
I thank you all so much ! LOL and so does my hubby
May God Bless you and keep you!
Sincerely Caroleen

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